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Announcement: Enrolments for Summer School are open and you can enrol online! Click here to get started.

Summer School 6th - 11th January 2019

Enrolments are now open.


Jack Lee and Reid Maxwell from world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (Canada); fantastic tutors from New Zealand; additional international tutors, numbers permitting.


The largest Summer School in the Southern Hemisphere offers:
world-class tuition | entry to the Tutors’ Recital | Thursday night ceilidh/concert | Summer School t-shirt | Piobaireachd classes | FNZYPB auditions and development squad | master class | College of Piping & Drumming certification | camaraderie | technique | leadership | performance | theory | scholarships | individual tuition


Programmes and tuition designed to match your personal and band playing skill level. Learners improve and progress. Advanced pipers, drummers and band leaders upskill to take their piping, drumming and leadership roles to the next level.


For members of RNZPBA bands: $395


Optional accommodation and meals at St Andrew’s College: $445


Enrol before 1 November 2018. Space is limited.

What, When & Where

RNZPBA Summer School is a five-day residential or daily attendance course held at St Andrew’s College, Papanui Road, Christchurch. Boarders pick up their registration packs in person at St Andrew’s College around 12 noon on Sunday, 7 January. Day students pick up their registration packs from 1 - 1:30pm. Introduction and lessons commence on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
Summer School concludes at about 12 noon on Friday, 11 January.

Operational Requirements

For RNZPBA Summer School to operate, we must have at least 100 enrolments by 1 November. Please don’t wait until after 1 November to enrol as you may find all the places have been taken. In the event of there being insufficient enrolments for Summer School to take place, your tuition fees will be refunded in full.


Enrol using the online form. Enrol either as a boarder (room and meals included) or as a day student. Day students make their own accommodation and meal arrangements, but can purchase lunches ($50 for the week, Mon-Thu only). The person applying to attend Summer School must be the person who fills in the enrolment form. Forms must have all sections completed, including date of birth,
regardless of age). 


Email is the preferred option. If you do not provide an email address, all correspondence will be sent to you by post.

Rules for Boarders

Participants can arrange their own accommodation or choose to board at Summer School (“live in”). If you choose to live in you must abide by the rules and curfews, which are the same for all boarders — adults, young people and children. St Andrew’s College’s facilities are drug- and alcohol-free. The boarding
facilities will be managed by Dwight Adie from Dunedin.


Younger members of RNZPBA Summer School who are living in at St Andrew’s College will be supervised by adult staff; however, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult (this can be a member of the same band).
Musical Prerequisite Learner pipers and drummers should be capable of playing Green Hills of Tyrol (or similar level tune).

How Your Band Can Help

Spread the word and support the enrolment of your pipers and drummers. Many Bands and some centres help their members financially. Register 9 people from the same band and the 10th person attends for free (tuition only).


The programme focuses on both individual and group tuition. At the start of RNZPBA Summer School your playing level will be assessed by tutors to help match teaching and learning to your experience. The tutors will also take account of any special goals you would like to achieve during the school. It is very important that you fill in the enrolment form with accurate information.


The budget for the RNZPBA Summer School is carefully planned to keep tuition fees as low as possible. Please see the attached enrolment form for this year’s fees. The complete fee is to be paid with enrolment by 1 November, 2017. Refunds are given only in exceptional circumstances.
If you decide to withdraw, you must make contact with Sheran Hancock.


Payment (to be received no later than 1 November) directly to:
RNZPBA Education
PO Box 13-211
Christchurch 8042


Recipients of RNZPBA Scholarships from a previous Summer School must submit an application and attach a copy of the Scholarship certificate given. Two scholarships are available. If you have not previously attended Summer School you can apply in writing to


A PDF file of the Summer School music will be sent to you by email. A hard copy is available to you for a cost of $10. Please indicate on your enrolment form if you wish to purchase this.

Tutor & Student Recitals

The Tutors’ Recital will be held on Sunday 6 January at 7pm at St Andrew’s College. Students perform Thursday night at 7pm at St Andrew’s College. Both recitals are free for Summer School participants. Please invite family and friends: $20 adult; $10 youth (13-17); children 12 and under free. Tickets at the door.

Youth Band

The Foundation National Youth Pipe Band will be rehearsing at Summer School. Auditions for the band will be run throughout the week.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact:
Sheran Hancock (027 403 6372 or 06 323 9576) or 

Enrol online